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Fri 10 May
Crown Point Banding Station
Friday, May 10, 2019 until Saturday, May 25, 2019 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
(518) 597-4666

Due to our spectacular location under the Atlantic Flyway, Crown Point State Historic Site is a premiere location for viewing birds migrating north for the season. Returning for their 44th year, the Crown Point banding station returns to record migration data on site. Watch as this experienced team of citizen scientists net hundreds of birds, identify species and record their songs.

6am to 6pm daily.

Fri 24 May
Moreau Kayak Trip
Friday, May 24, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a wonderful way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office.
Registration: Required
Fri 24 May
Moreau Kayak Trip
Friday, May 24, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a wonderful way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office.
Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Soon the trees will block the sun from the forest floor and the season for spring ephemerals will be done. We’ll look for ladyslippers, gaywings, baneberry, jack-in-the-pulpit, and other late bloomers. Call 518-872-0800. Meet at Hop Field picnic area. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Sat 25 May
Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Soon the trees will block the sun from the forest floor and the season for spring ephemerals will be done. We’ll look for ladyslippers, gaywings, baneberry, jack-in-the-pulpit, and other late bloomers. Call 518-872-0800. Meet at Hop Field picnic area. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Sat 25 May
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
Lake Bonita Hike
Saturday, May 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Learn to Swim Registration at Moreau
Monday, May 27, 2019 until Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This year we will be using the lottery system to fill all of our learn to swim lessons. This will be done in the same manner as 2018. In order to insure fairness all guidelines must be followed to have your application submitted into the lottery. Application must be picked up from the main office of Moreau Lake State Park and dropped off at the office of Moreau Lake State Park.

The applications will be available May 27th – June 5th during the hours of 10am-8pm. Applications will not be available or excepted outside of those hours and dates. All sections of the application must be filled out and complete.

DATES and TIMES and LEVELS July 1st -11th, Monday – Thursday OR July 15th-25th, Monday – Thursday 10:15am-11am OR 5:00pm-5:45pm

• Level 1: 6 months – 3 years, with guardians in the water

• Level 2: 4 years – 6 years, no guardian in water. Guardian must be on shore for the lesson.

• Level 3: 7 years – 10 years, no guardian in water. Guardian must be on shore for the lesson.

We are going to accommodate the whole family in our lottery system so that all siblings can have the same lesson dates and times. If your application is drawn during the lottery you will receive an email on June 20th or 21st.

Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Learn to Swim Registration at Moreau
Monday, May 27, 2019 until Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This year we will be using the lottery system to fill all of our learn to swim lessons. This will be done in the same manner as 2018. In order to insure fairness all guidelines must be followed to have your application submitted into the lottery. Application must be picked up from the main office of Moreau Lake State Park and dropped off at the office of Moreau Lake State Park.

The applications will be available May 27th – June 5th during the hours of 10am-8pm. Applications will not be available or excepted outside of those hours and dates. All sections of the application must be filled out and complete.

DATES and TIMES and LEVELS July 1st -11th, Monday – Thursday OR July 15th-25th, Monday – Thursday 10:15am-11am OR 5:00pm-5:45pm

• Level 1: 6 months – 3 years, with guardians in the water

• Level 2: 4 years – 6 years, no guardian in water. Guardian must be on shore for the lesson.

• Level 3: 7 years – 10 years, no guardian in water. Guardian must be on shore for the lesson.

We are going to accommodate the whole family in our lottery system so that all siblings can have the same lesson dates and times. If your application is drawn during the lottery you will receive an email on June 20th or 21st.

Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Memorial Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Who will bring their best “grain game” to the beach this year? Register at 12pm by the Lifeguard Station at Long Pond Beach. Must provide your own tools and props. Judging at 2pm, awards at 3pm. Free to enter, prizes for all!
Tue 28 May
Lake Bonita to Lake Ann
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A Park Educator will lead this hike through part of the woods over at Lake Bonita to Lake Ann. This is a bit of a longer hike but on rather flat land with some ups and downs. This hike will take us about 2.5 miles one way to a beautiful bog. There is a lean to at Lake Ann that we can stop and have lunch at. Make sure to bring some water. Please call for reservations with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Tue 28 May
Lake Bonita to Lake Ann
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A Park Educator will lead this hike through part of the woods over at Lake Bonita to Lake Ann. This is a bit of a longer hike but on rather flat land with some ups and downs. This hike will take us about 2.5 miles one way to a beautiful bog. There is a lean to at Lake Ann that we can stop and have lunch at. Make sure to bring some water. Please call for reservations with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Tue 28 May
Friends Meeting- Geology of the Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley: Hudson River to Little Falls
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

NYS Canal Society – Tom Grasso

Geology of the Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley: Hudson River to Little Falls alternate title: Geology of the Erie Canal in the Central and Eastern Mohawk Valley: Cohoes/Waterford to Little Falls

The PowerPoint presentation will discuss the bedrock and ice age geologic history of the region, and how this long and complex natural history affected human history by controlling the route of the canal and the obstacles that had to be overcome. Some local quarries that supplied stone for locks and aqueducts will be mentioned.

Thomas X. Grasso President Emeritus of the Canal Society of New York State was society President for nearly forty years until his retirement in 2016. He was President of Inland Waterways International, based in the UK, from 2002 to 2010. Tom taught in and chaired the Geosciences Department at Monroe Community College in Rochester from 1968 to 1999 and has authored many articles and publications on New York State and European geology and canals for both the peer review and general audience press. There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

Sat 01 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 1, 2019 09:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for a morning of service in the park, and we’ll thank you with a complimentary barbecue and raffle of goodies! Check-in at 9am at the Grafton Welcome Center, trail work 9:30am-noon, followed by lunch. Please RSVP so we have projects and food for all: 518-279-1155.
Registration: Required
Sat 01 Jun
National Trails Day: Paddle & Walk
Saturday, June 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Schoharie Crossing Boat Launch

In conjunction with the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady, we will be out on the waters of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River to explore what nature has provided and mankind has constructed.

After the paddle, enjoy a picnic lunch and we will re-convene near the Visitor Center to walk the Towpath Trail.

For more information, find Schoharie Crossing on Facebook for detailed event information. A personal flotation device is required for this program. Bring along a lunch and plenty of hydration.

 

Sat 01 Jun
National Trails Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join volunteers on trail maintenance projects in the park. Meet at the Nature Center to organize, then spend the morning working. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Thacher Park. Please call Jim Schaller at 518-861-7452 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 01 Jun
National Trails Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join volunteers on trail maintenance projects in the park. Meet at the Nature Center to organize, then spend the morning working. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Thacher Park. Please call Jim Schaller at 518-861-7452 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 02 Jun
Vermicomposting - Feed the Worms! at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 2, 2019 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Composting with worms is super easy, fun and very beneficial. Check out our “Worm Factory” and learn how to set one up and maintain it with ease. Vermicomposting is the no-fuss way to recycle your food scraps and reduce what you put into landfills. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sun 02 Jun
Vermicomposting - Feed the Worms! at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 2, 2019 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Composting with worms is super easy, fun and very beneficial. Check out our “Worm Factory” and learn how to set one up and maintain it with ease. Vermicomposting is the no-fuss way to recycle your food scraps and reduce what you put into landfills. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Wed 05 Jun
Learn to Swim Registration
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 06:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Saratoga Spa State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 8th through July 19th, 2019 at the Peerless Pool. The Registration form, Medical Authorization and the Swim Level Guide can be found here. Registration takes place on Wednesday June 5th at 6pm at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building.

Who: Any child between the ages of 3 and 12

Where: Peerless Pool

When: Monday – Friday, July 8 – 19, 2019, between 8a.m. and 10a.m.

Cost: FREE

How: One registration session: (at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building): Wednesday, June 5th: 6p.m.

Bring: Medical information

• Child’s guardian’s name, address and phone number

• Child’s doctor’s name, address and phone number

• Child’s insurance information (name of company and ID number)

• List of any allergies or special conditions

• Date of last tetanus shot

• List of medications being taken

Registration: Required
Thu 06 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 6, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 5th Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Sat 08 Jun
Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The rocks in Thacher Park were historically thought to be nicely layered. Recent discoveries show that the rocks are actually folded and faulted. Learn about how we are refining our understanding of the park's geology and how it serves as a transition between the geology to the west and that to the south. Meet leader Thom Engel at Hop Field picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Jun
Mini Session Photos at the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

You and your family can have your photograph taken at this beautiful historic location. Join Photos by Jenny G. and the Friends of Schoharie Crossing at the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct to have your family portrait taken on Saturday, June 8th. Each session will produce a wonderful and cherished memory as well as high resolution digital image sent to your email and a 5"x7" mailed print copy of your photo. *

20-minute time-slots begin at 10am. For online registration information visit https://form.jotform.com/83526019220146, contact david.brooks@parks.ny.gov or find Schoharie Crossing on Facebook.

Donation for this service is $25.00. All proceeds will go to the Friends of Schoharie Crossing to support their efforts in historic preservation and providing educational as well as recreational opportunities at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

*Please arrive a few minutes early for your time slot. You will be asked to fill out a form with your name, contact information, and email address as well as write your mailing address on the label for your 5"x7" print.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Jun
Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The rocks in Thacher Park were historically thought to be nicely layered. Recent discoveries show that the rocks are actually folded and faulted. Learn about how we are refining our understanding of the park's geology and how it serves as a transition between the geology to the west and that to the south. Meet leader Thom Engel at Hop Field picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sun 09 Jun
Hike the Bluebird Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 9, 2019 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a hike on our Bluebird Trail and learn the habits of cavity-nesting birds along the way. Learn about citizen-science projects, such as NestWatch, and how you can participate. We will visit several nest boxes, open them, and view the nests with eggs, hatchlings and adults. This is a great opportunity to see an Eastern Bluebird. Trail is in fields with uneven terrain. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sun 09 Jun
Hike the Bluebird Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 9, 2019 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a hike on our Bluebird Trail and learn the habits of cavity-nesting birds along the way. Learn about citizen-science projects, such as NestWatch, and how you can participate. We will visit several nest boxes, open them, and view the nests with eggs, hatchlings and adults. This is a great opportunity to see an Eastern Bluebird. Trail is in fields with uneven terrain. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Thu 13 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 13, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 5th Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE 

 

Sat 15 Jun
John Burroughs’ Birds of Spring
Saturday, June 15, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join Delaware Oswego Audubon member, Andy Mason, along with Park Naturalists for an outdoor foray in search of the birds of spring. Affectionately known as "John O'Birds", the renown Catskill naturalist (1837-1921) waxed especially romantic about the "return of the birds," bringing millions of Americans to a heightened appreciation of nature during a critical period in US conservation history. Bird sightings found at the Memorial Field will be embellished with pertinent quotes from Burroughs' vibrant essays.

Meet at John Burroughs Memorial Field in Roxbury. This program is open to the public free of charge. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. For more information, please call Mine Kill State Park at (518) 827-8685.

Sat 15 Jun
Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs with Gibson & Staudle
Saturday, June 15, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Path Through History Weekend

Join us for the musical presentation, “Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs.” Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle will feature the historic songs of lumberjacks in the lumbering camps of the Adirondack Mountains from the 1800’s. This program also includes interesting narratives about the lumberjacks and their lifestyle in the charming and tough era in upstate New York history. Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle are award-winning songwriters and singers, and have been performing for eight years at hundreds of events. Together they play acoustic and blues-style originals and favorites with a variety of instruments such as guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, and ukulele. For more about Gibson & Staudle visit: www.cosbygibsonandtomstaudle.com/. This is a free event. Donations are always accepted.

All Weekend: Across New York State various cultural institutions, historic sites, museums and communities will celebrate their heritage!

Sun 16 Jun
FMRRC Mule Haul
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Fulmont Roadrunners Club is conducting their annual Mule Haul race on Father’s Day. Please visit: http://www.fmrrc.org/ for more information.
Wed 19 Jun
Wildlife Wednesday – Birds w/ George Steele
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Environmental Educator George Steele will be here for a program about Birds! Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Thu 20 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 20, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 5th Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

 

Sat 22 Jun
Timber Framing Demonstration
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Learn about historic construction methods during a demonstration by Ian Stewart, owner of New Netherland Timber Framing and Preservation. Architecture Focus Tours offered at 11 am and 2 pm, regular House Tours at noon, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm. Included with regular admission prices.
Sat 22 Jun
Sun Celebration at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

It’s time for fun in the sun! Drop in to learn about the summer solstice, create sun-themed crafts, make summery treats and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Thacher Nature Center. To celebrate the extra daylight, we’ll be open an hour later than usual and ending the day with s’mores around the bonfire! This family friendly event is free of charge! Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Sat 22 Jun
Sun Celebration at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

It’s time for fun in the sun! Drop in to learn about the summer solstice, create sun-themed crafts, make summery treats and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Thacher Nature Center. To celebrate the extra daylight, we’ll be open an hour later than usual and ending the day with s’mores around the bonfire! This family friendly event is free of charge! Call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Sun 23 Jun
Nature Photography Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join award-winning photographer Hillary Raimo for breathtaking views of the escarpment on a nature photography walk. Learn how to take a unique picture, better your composition, and experiment with abstract nature techniques. All levels of experience and cameras/devices welcome. Class fee of $25 is payable to instructor. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Nature Photography Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join award-winning photographer Hillary Raimo for breathtaking views of the escarpment on a nature photography walk. Learn how to take a unique picture, better your composition, and experiment with abstract nature techniques. All levels of experience and cameras/devices welcome. Class fee of $25 is payable to instructor. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native orchids and iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a pitcher plant “eats”. There is a lot to explore from the “shore” of our manmade bog. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native orchids and iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a pitcher plant “eats”. There is a lot to explore from the “shore” of our manmade bog. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Tue 25 Jun
Friends Meeting
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

A meeting of the Friends group will occur at Schoharie Crossing as final arrangements are made for Canal Days. Contact the site for more information.

Thu 27 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 27, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 5th Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Fri 28 Jun
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Friday, June 28, 2019 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

The Alzheimer's Association will present, "Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research: At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.

To help people age well, the Alzheimer’s Association® is offering the Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research program. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging:

• Cognitive activity

• Physical health and exercise

• Diet and nutrition

• Social engagement

In each area, we will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do — steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area. Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible.

For more information please contact Meagan: (518) 888-5563 mdemento@alz.org www.facebook.com/ALZNENY

 

Sat 29 Jun
The Multiple Helderberg Escarpments at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

At Thacher Park you see and hear about the” Helderberg Escarpment” and the Indian Ladder Trail cliffs. Actually, there are multiple escarpments in the park, where steep slopes rise between relative flat areas. Join geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten and explore the topography and geology of the park, on and off trail. This hike, to the top of the park, will be moderately strenuous. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. *TVC
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
The Multiple Helderberg Escarpments at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

At Thacher Park you see and hear about the” Helderberg Escarpment” and the Indian Ladder Trail cliffs. Actually, there are multiple escarpments in the park, where steep slopes rise between relative flat areas. Join geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten and explore the topography and geology of the park, on and off trail. This hike, to the top of the park, will be moderately strenuous. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. *TVC
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Salamander Search at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The streams of Thacher Park are excellent habitats to look for salamanders! Learn about stream ecology and how to handle stream life gently, then get your feet wet. We’ll look at water samples to find out about the variety of invertebrates that live in this cool forest stream habitat. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Salamander Search at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The streams of Thacher Park are excellent habitats to look for salamanders! Learn about stream ecology and how to handle stream life gently, then get your feet wet. We’ll look at water samples to find out about the variety of invertebrates that live in this cool forest stream habitat. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Registration: Required
Fri 05 Jul
Powwow Celebrating St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Friday, July 5, 2019 until Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Around the Visitor Center

Gates open at 10:00 am. Grand entry is about noon each day and then Opening Prayer followed by the posting of the colors (flags). Event will include veterans honor dance, intertribal dancing, Aztec dancing, Iroquois Social Dancing, and more. The public is invited to join in and have fun.

Metis Nation North America-Canadian Bands encourage all veterans to come and be honored at the Veterans Dance. We will honor all firefighters and paramedics also. All handicapped spectators, nursing home residents and children under 5 years of age are free.

Metis Nation North America-Canadian Bands

Gates @ 10am

Grand Entry and raising of flags starts @ 12n

Veterans Honor Dance Intertribal Dancing Aztec Dancing @ 2pm

Iroquois Social Dancing @ 2:45pm

Candy Dance for kids @ 3:30pm Intertribal Dancing @ 4pm

Retrieval of flags @ 5pm

Sat 06 Jul
Canal Days
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Around the Visitor Center

The annual celebration of the community & canal! More information to come, check back for updates! If you’d like to be a part of the activities and programs for this event, contact Janice at SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov or (518) 829-7516 for details.

Music, food, vendors, Tri County Old Time power (old engines and machinery0 field days, wagon rides, community organization tables, Utica Zoomobile, demonstrations, Canal Corp. lock model and buoy boat, etc.

 

Sat 06 Jul
Smart Start Kayaking Course
Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 6, 2019 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Stories shared around a fire was the original ‘streaming’ entertainment! Join our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan as she shares a variety of folktales, fairytales and family stories that are sure to delight young and old! Bring a camp chair or blanket if you like. S’mores supplies will be available. Materials fee is $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Sat 06 Jul
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 6, 2019 06:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Stories shared around a fire was the original ‘streaming’ entertainment! Join our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan as she shares a variety of folktales, fairytales and family stories that are sure to delight young and old! Bring a camp chair or blanket if you like. S’mores supplies will be available. Materials fee is $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. *ETTNC
Sun 07 Jul
Weeding for the Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Assist in improving our field habitat to support Bobolinks and other field nesting birds. Join staff and volunteers in removing invasive Wild Parsnip. It is easy to identify and remove. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, bring loppers if possible, and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the field. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sun 07 Jul
Weeding for the Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 7, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Assist in improving our field habitat to support Bobolinks and other field nesting birds. Join staff and volunteers in removing invasive Wild Parsnip. It is easy to identify and remove. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, bring loppers if possible, and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the field. Call 518-872-0800 to register. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Mon 08 Jul
Learn to Swim- Grafton Lake
Monday, July 8, 2019 until Thursday, August 1, 2019
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Grafton Lake State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 8th - July 19th from 5pm to 5:45pm and July 22nd - August 1st from 10:15am to 11am. Classes are Monday - Thursday. Please call the park at (518) 279-1155 for additional information and to register.
Registration: Required
Wed 10 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday – Trees and Flowers w/ Anita Sanchez
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Environmental Educator and Author Anita Sanchez will be here for a program about trees and flowers.

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Fri 19 Jul
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Friday, July 19, 2019 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House

The Alzheimer's Association will present, "Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site followed by a short walking tour along the Schoharie Creek.

One-hour program explains basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. However, no one has to face this disease alone or without information.

The Alzheimer’s Association® has created an education program covering the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia to provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. The free one-hour Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia program:

• Explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

• Examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s. • Details the risk factors for and three general stages of the disease.

• Identifies FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms.

• Looks ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research.

• Offers helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.

For more information please contact Meagan: (518) 888-5563 mdemento@alz.org www.facebook.com/ALZNENY

Sat 20 Jul
10th Annual Summer Fest
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Mine Kill State Park presents our 10th annual Summer Festival. Come out to the park on July 20th for local food, vendors, exhibitors, music, entertainment, open pools, games, environmental education presentations, and much much more. This event will be held from 10 am till 6 pm. Fun for all ages and free for all. As we get closer to summer check out Facebook for updates of this festival. For more information contact the parks office 518-827-8690

Mon 22 Jul
Summer Sampler
Monday, July 22, 2019 until Friday, July 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Kids age 7-12 are invited to Crailo to learn about the history of the Hudson Valley through hands-on games, crafts and special activities. Each day offers a different theme. Registration required. $8 per day per child/ $5 for Members of FOFC
Registration: Required
Tue 23 Jul
Friends of Schoharie Crossing Meeting
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House
Wed 24 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Thu 25 Jul
Yankee Doodle Band
Thursday, July 25, 2019 07:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Bring your picnic blanket and dinner to enjoy the stirring and patriotic music of the historic Yankee Doodle Band in our riverside park. Free!
Sun 28 Jul
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, July 28, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 04 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 4, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Wed 07 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday – Slime Time with Anita Sanchez
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Environmental Educator and Author Anita Sanchez will be here for a program about worms, slugs, and other creepy crawlers!

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

 

Thu 08 Aug
Smart Start Kayaking Course
Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 11, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Fri 16 Aug
Moonlight Paddle
Friday, August 16, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Aug
Halloween in August
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1674

Details to be determined.
Sat 17 Aug
Discovery Day: Colonial Ice Cream
Saturday, August 17, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Learn about ice storage during the summer months and the special treats made with ice. We will be using a reproduction of an 18th century ice cream maker with original recipes. Children will also learn how to make an easy ice cream at home. $3.00 adults/ children 12 and under free.
Sun 18 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 18, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Wed 21 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Sun 25 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 25, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Tue 27 Aug
BEER History is Brewing- Friends Meeting
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

Local brewer and historian Greg Gravina will be here to discuss….Beer! Its local history, brewing techniques and more!

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

Sat 31 Aug
Adventure Kayaking
Saturday, August 31, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Come Adventure Kayaking with Mine Kill! Depending on water levels, participants will get the chance to paddle up the Schoharie Creek on a guided tour. You'll see amazing sights from different soil types, aquatic invasive, bald eagles, fish, rock formations, small waterfalls, and more!

Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. Personal kayaks or canoes are permitted for free. All participants are required to wear an approved and fitting PFD that will be checked by staff. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Arrangements can be made for younger children but please call ahead. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; no walk-ins will be allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Please wear sneakers, water shoes, or closed toe sandals. Barefoot is not recommended. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Wed 04 Sep
Wildlife Wednesday – Mammals: Tracks and Traces w/ George Steele
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds

Environmental Educator George Steele will be presenting a program on Mammal, their traces and traces…

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

 

Sun 08 Sep
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, September 8, 2019 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The 28th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

July 28th — Connie Regan-Blake

Aug. 4th — Anne Rutherford

Aug. 11th — Elizabeth Rowe

Aug. 18th — Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Aug. 25th — Sheila Arnold

Sept. 8th — Sandor Schuman

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sat 14 Sep
Harvest Faire
Saturday, September 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

An old fashioned agricultural festival devoted to all aspects of harvest time in the colonial era Hudson Valley. Harvest Faire offers music, historical reenactors, vendors, Native American and colonial demonstrations, games and activities. Free to attend, suggested donation to enter museum.
Sat 14 Sep
Moonlight Paddle
Saturday, September 14, 2019 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Wed 18 Sep
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns.

A suggested donation of $3 covers the programming fee.

Tue 24 Sep
Friends Meeting: PRISM – A discussion on invasive species
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

A representative from PRISM - Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management – will be here to discuss invasive species in our waterways and on land.

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Thu 26 Sep
Painting in the Park
Thursday, September 26, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
National Lands Day
Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join hundreds of thousands of people at sites throughout the country and take part in the 26th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). NPLD is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. The day is great to connect people to public lands and their communities, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health. Lend a hand and have fun at the same time by bringing your family, friends, classmates, students, or coworkers of all ages and abilities to spend the day outdoors celebrating public lands. Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places for all to enjoy.

Sun 29 Sep
National Coffee Day
Sunday, September 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Celebration National Coffee Day with a free cup of Canal Coffee at the Visitor Center between 1pm and 4pm.
Sat 12 Oct
Discovery Day: Colonial Chocolate
Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Learn about the food ways of the colonial Dutch during a hearth cooking demonstration in our cellar kitchen. Food Ways Focus Tours will be offered at 11 am and 2 pm, regular House Tours at noon, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm. Included with regular admission prices
Sun 13 Oct
Fall Paddle
Sunday, October 13, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

John Burroughs once said "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." If you want to witness some beautiful Autumn colors, sign up for our Fall Paddle Tour! We'll paddle up the Schoharie Creek if the water level allows and witness the bright yellows, reds, and oranges, that signal the changing of the seasons. This is a relaxing, quiet tour for patrons who need to rent a kayak, or have their own. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Tue 15 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center

Come explore the trails at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site w/ site educator David for this free Autumn Tour.

The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails. In case of *Rain* tour will be postponed.
Fri 18 Oct
Haunted House Weekend Festival
Friday, October 18, 2019 until Saturday, October 19, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Get ready for two days of ‘Scho-haire-raising' Halloween fun, Friday and Satuarday, October 18-19, at the New York Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitor Center.

On Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mine Kill will host its annual Halloween Haunted House. take a hauntingly scary tour of some local landmarks through the Haunted Village. On Saturday, starting at 11am Nypa holds a costume parade and contest for children of all ages, with prizes awarded in various categories. Mine Kill's haunted house will open at 12pm and run till 3pm There will be free pumpkins for all participants, a hayride, Halloween crafts and more! For more information please contact the Mine Kill office at 518-827-8690

Tue 22 Oct
Friends Meeting: ROTTEN! w/ Anita Sanchez
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for a great presentation by environmental educator and author Anita Sanchez about her new book, “ROTTEN! Vultures, Beetles, and Slime: Nature's Decomposers” (released January 2019).

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Thu 24 Oct
Painting in the Park
Thursday, October 24, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
Spooky Stories
Saturday, October 26, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Enjoy a frighteningly good time in Crailo’s 17th century cellar kitchen as you listen to strange and scary stories from the haunted lore of the Hudson Valley. You decide whether the fireside tales are fact, fiction, or a bit of both! Included with regular admission prices.
Thu 31 Oct
Closing Day – Halloween Open House
Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Calling all goblins, ghouls, princesses and superheros! Stop by for treats, in costume or not, on our last day open for the season. Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!
Sat 09 Nov
Moonlight Hike
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Enjoy the Park's trails under the nearly Full Beaver Moon. Use your night-vision and your ears to detect the presence of wildlife as we walk along the Long Path from Mine Kill to the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather, and meet at the Mine Kill State Park Office.

This is a free event. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Thu 14 Nov
Painting in the Park
Thursday, November 14, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will see if you’ve been good or bad this year! Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique holiday gifts. There will be crafts for the kids, refreshments and cooking demonstrations by the fire. Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!
Thu 12 Dec
Winter Decoration Workshop- 2 sessions
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join Mine Kill State Park to create seasonal kissing balls, made from clippings of Eastern White Cedar, found on the grounds of the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Kissing balls, orbs of evergreen, make a beautiful addition to your front porch in the snowy season, and it is most satisfying to craft these decorations yourself. The workshop will be offered for a $10 fee, and pre-registration is required. Please call the Park at (518) 827-8690 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jan
Twelfth Night
Saturday, January 4, 2020 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

The traditional Dutch celebration of the end of the holiday season! Museum open house with costumed interpreters and open hearth cooking demonstrations in the cellar kitchen. Combo tickets with Schuyler Mansion’s Salutations of the Season will be available. Prices TBD